The Joshua School Denver

TJS was founded with the belief that each child is smart, competent and whole exactly as they are, and dignity is the birthright of each person. We believe our children and families have a right to aspire to a life of their choosing, and see the unique possibilities and potential in each student.

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X-Drive Classic

Class

Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines 

Beneficiaries

Disabled
Disabled, General or Disability unspecified
Physically Disabled
Physically Disabled
People/Families with of People with Disabilities

Description

Donations for the X-Drive Classic, by Kari Ansay.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Raising awareness for Fragile-X.

Boulder Campus School-Age Program

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Children ages 5 to 21
Disabled
Families
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)

Description

The Boulder Campus and Denver Campus School-Age Programs mirror one another, with differences to tailor the programs to individual students as appropriate. Our School-Age Program is approved by the Colorado Department of Education and licensed by the Colorado Department of Human Services.

We believe that every child we serve is perfect. There is nothing to "fix", but like every student, our students can learn and grow. Our job is to teach in ways that are effective and meaningful, to demystify the world that we all have created, and to provide tools to navigate life with ease and comfort. Using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), an evidence-based science, we identify, with families and teams, what each child needs to create an independent and fulfilling life. We create programs that work and help children and families succeed.

Our student's abilities range significantly when one considers both academic success and the challenges associated with ASD and DD. We serve students who have significant challenges in both areas, and students who are highly-skilled in both areas. We need each child where that are and focus on moving them forward.

Components of our School-Age Program include:

* Serves ages 6 - 21
* 3:4 staff-to-student ratio
* Unique combination of academic instruction and therapy
* Science-based, research-validated teaching (ABA)
* Individualized curriculum and instruction including: academics (literacy, math, science, social studies, and functional academics), learning readiness skills, speech, language, and communication, social interaction and social cognitive skills, gross and fine motor skills, sensory regulation, recreation and leisure skills, self-care, independent living, vocational skills, self-advocacy, self-monitoring and self-determination skills.
* Instruction in both structured and natural environments, including community-based instruction
* One-to-one, small group, and paired work session instruction opportunities
* Quarterly parent-teacher conferences to review progress
* Team-based approach to parent collaboration and home-based therapy providers
* Frequent, systematic data collection and progress monitoring
* Access to therapeutic services such as speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and behavioral support
* Year round (200 days) program
* Focus on student-driven goals and programming
* Program supervision by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
* State-of-the-art teaching methods through the use of innovative technology and software
* Quarterly home visits to support generalization of skills to the home and support home-based needs
* Specialized preparation for the generalization of skills to typical school settings

Our School-Age Program also includes a Transition Program, with the following components:

* Serves ages 14-21
* Community-based instruction in a variety of work setting based on student interest and skill level
* Community-based instruction targeting daily living skills and leisure (e.g., grocery shopping, dining out, etc.)
* Center-based instruction in daily living skills for independence and self-confidence (e.g., self-care, domestic tasks, household maintenance)

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Evidence of Program's Success

Accountability is a cornerstone of The Joshua School. The school is known in the community as an organization that holds the same high standards for the organization itself as it holds for the individuals it serves, constantly assessing effectiveness, staff resiliency, and community impact. Each child's program is individualized based on formal assessments (VB-MAPP, Vineland II, and others), direct observation, and input from families and community professionals. From these, goals and objectives are established in a unique plan for each child. Every goal and objective must have a clear measurement and this data is taken daily and graphed daily to establish trends. Quarterly, all data and graphs are aggregated to show progress. These reviews can often include video of the child performing certain tasks or behaviors. In short, no one should have to "take our word for it." The data should speak for itself. These systems allow staff to make decisions based in reality, not on hunches.

Joshua Early Childhood Center

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Disabled
Families
Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Description

Established in early 2016, the Joshua Early Childhood Center grew out of our renowned Early Intervention model to become an all-inclusive setting that serves children between the ages of 2 and 6 years old. Our non-profit center houses two separate programs that together form a community that emphasizes acceptance, understanding and character.

Joshua Academy (JA) is a curriculum-based early childhood learning experience for all children. We focus on development in all key areas, including social, emotional, pre-academic and physical. We place a heavy emphasis on building character, kindness and acceptance through our integrated environment. We utilize Creative Curriculum and Teaching Strategies GOLD for assessment and teaching areas such as literacy, arithmetic, and social/emotional development.​

Joshua Early Intervention (JEI) is a non-profit autism treatment program for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Utilizing the science of Applied Behavior Analysis and our 1:1 staff/child ratios, we have helped children for more than six years make tremendous progress and are raising the standards for autism treatment. In the most recent school year, our program transitioned 80 percent of our graduates with ASD into general education classrooms within their home school/public district.
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The Early Childhood Center is an expansion on JEI's original Peer Mentorship Program, established in 2013 to serve typically developing preschoolers using the same educational mission and philosophies. In 2014, JEI was awarded a grant by Autism Speaks Family Service Committee.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Accountability is a cornerstone of The Joshua School. The school is known in the community as an organization that holds the same high standards for the organization itself as it holds for the individuals it serves, constantly assessing effectiveness, staff resiliency, and community impact. Each child's program is individualized based on formal assessments (VB-MAPP, Vineland II, and others), direct observation, and input from families and community professionals. From these, goals and objectives are established in a unique plan for each child. Every goal and objective must have a clear measurement and this data is taken daily and graphed daily to establish trends. Quarterly, all data and graphs are aggregated to show progress. These reviews can often include video of the child performing certain tasks or behaviors. In short, no one should have to "take our word for it." The data should speak for itself. These systems allow staff to make decisions based in reality, not on hunches.

Denver Campus School-Age Program

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Children ages 5 to 21
Disabled
Families
General Public
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)

Description

The Boulder Campus and Denver Campus School-Age Programs mirror one another, with differences to tailor the programs to individual students as appropriate. Our School-Age Program is approved by the Colorado Department of Education and licensed by the Colorado Department of Human Services.

We believe that every child we serve is perfect. There is nothing to "fix", but like every student, our students can learn and grow. Our job is to teach in ways that are effective and meaningful, to demystify the world that we all have created, and to provide tools to navigate life with ease and comfort. Using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), an evidence-based science, we identify, with families and teams, what each child needs to create an independent and fulfilling life. We create programs that work and help children and families succeed.

Our student's abilities range significantly when one considers both academic success and the challenges associated with ASD and DD. We serve students who have significant challenges in both areas, and students who are highly-skilled in both areas. We need each child where that are and focus on moving them forward.

Components of our School-Age Program include:

* Serves ages 6 - 21
* 3:4 staff-to-student ratio
* Unique combination of academic instruction and therapy
* Science-based, research-validated teaching (ABA)
* Individualized curriculum and instruction including: academics (literacy, math, science, social studies, and functional academics), learning readiness skills, speech, language, and communication, social interaction and social cognitive skills, gross and fine motor skills, sensory regulation, recreation and leisure skills, self-care, independent living, vocational skills, self-advocacy, self-monitoring and self-determination skills.
* Instruction in both structured and natural environments, including community-based instruction
* One-to-one, small group, and paired work session instruction opportunities
* Quarterly parent-teacher conferences to review progress
* Team-based approach to parent collaboration and home-based therapy providers
* Frequent, systematic data collection and progress monitoring
* Access to therapeutic services such as speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and behavioral support
* Year round (200 days) program
* Focus on student-driven goals and programming
* Program supervision by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
* State-of-the-art teaching methods through the use of innovative technology and software
* Quarterly home visits to support generalization of skills to the home and support home-based needs
* Specialized preparation for the generalization of skills to typical school settings

Our School-Age Program also includes a Transition Program, with the following components:

* Serves ages 14-21
* Community-based instruction in a variety of work setting based on student interest and skill level
* Community-based instruction targeting daily living skills and leisure (e.g., grocery shopping, dining out, etc.)
* Center-based instruction in daily living skills for independence and self-confidence (e.g., self-care, domestic tasks, household maintenance)

Photos

Evidence of Program's Success

Accountability is a cornerstone of The Joshua School. We are known in the community as an organization that holds the same high standards we have for children for our organization, constantly assessing effectiveness, staff resiliency, and community impact. Each child's program is individualized based on formal assessments (VB-MAPP, Vineland II, and others), direct observation, and input from families and community professionals. From these, goals and objectives are established in a unique plan for each child. Every goal and objective must have a clear measurement and this data is taken daily and graphed daily to establish trends. Quarterly, all data and graphs are aggregated to show progress. These reviews include video of the child performing certain tasks or behaviors. In short, no one should have to "take our word for it." The data should speak for itself. These systems allow us to make decisions based in reality, not on hunches.

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